Voters reject Lone Star College security funding

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May 12, 2013 9:02:48 AM PDT
Yesterday was Election Day for many voters across southeast Texas.

More than half of Harris County's 1.9 million registered voters were eligible to cast a ballot in Saturday's elections for municipalities, as well as school and utility districts.

Bond elections voted on today for school districts across our area include Tomball ISD and Lone Star College.

Voters turned down a nearly $500 million bond proposal from Lone Star College. Lone Star wanted $497.7 Million dollars from taxpayers. The school planned to use part of the money to increase security after an on-campus shooting in January and a mass stabbing last month. And while voters in Harris County approved the measure, voters in Montgomery County overwhelming rejected it, causing the proposal to fail.

The bond would have paid for new cameras, lighting, automatic door locks along with new workforce training facilities.

More than $1 billion in school bonds were on the ballot. Tomball ISD will build new schools after voters approved a $160 million bond issue. Residents in Clear Creek ISD agreed to a property tax increase to help build a replacement for Clear Creek High School. And a $40 million bond issue for Lee College district in Baytown passed after gaining the support of 72 percent of voters.

It looks like Clear Creek ISD's bond referendum also has been approved by voters. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, nearly 67 percent of voters approved the $367 million bond. The would renovate several schools, address safety, growth within the district, upgrade technology in the district and build co-curricular and extracurricular facilities.

Meanwhile, in the race for Katy ISD Board of Education Position 1, former 13 Undercover reporter Wayne Dolcefino lost the election to Joe Adams by just 66 votes. On his Facebook page, Dolcefino post the following message to his supporters:

"We lost by 66 votes. On a positive note, we have to pick up all our signs but so many of them were stolen, it won't take too long! LOL. Seriously, thank you all who supported. We all want what's best for our kids."

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